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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: SJU 65, Longwood, 47

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- A few quick thoughts on St. John's 65-47 win over Longwood on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena:

What it means: St. John's (4-1) won its fourth straight but played its second poor game in a row. The Red Storm had to scrape past a Longwood team picked to finish last in the Big South and missing its leading scorer due to injury. Not good. Not good at all.

The turning point: Believe it or not, it took St. John's more than six minutes to score a point. Chris Obekpa finally broke the shutout with a dunk at the 13:50 mark. The Red Storm trailed most of the first half but scored the final four points to take a 27-23 halftime lead.

St. John's took a double-digit lead for the first time, 38-27, on a God'sgift Achiuwa dunk with 12:11 remaining. But Longwood did not wilt. The Lancers were still within seven, 44-37, with under eight minutes left. But a D'Angelo Harrison conventional three-point play made it 50-37 with 6:11 to go, and the lead never dipped back to single digits after that.

Star watch: Harrison finished with a team-high 18 points but had a poor shooting night -- 6-for-19 from the field, and 3-for-11 from 3-point range. Sir'Dominic Pointer was the only other St. John's player in double figures, with 11 points off the bench.

Jakarr Sampson scored just three points, shooting 1-for-8 from the field (although he did have 11 rebounds). Freshman Rysheed Jordan, returning from a one-game suspension, came off the bench and scored four assists and eight points in 17 minutes, shooting 2-for-7.

Number crunch: St. John's shooting numbers as a team were brutal: 22-for-59 overall (37.3 percent), 3-for-19 from long distance (15.8 percent) and 18-for-30 from the foul line (60 percent). The Red Storm did tie a school record with 15 blocks.

What's next: St. John's switches boroughs from Queens to Brooklyn when it faces Penn State on Friday in the semifinals of the Barclays Center Classic. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.